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  1. AFOLguy1970

    LEGO Hidden Side 2020

    Yep, like the others said, Lady E now joins Lord Vortech. Sauron, and the Witch King for winning the "I Cant Believe Lego Never Made This Villian" award. Maybe the key bad guys need to be ensured a first wave appearance regardless of how optimistic marketing is about the series. Your point regarding the Juice Bar is interesting. That could in fact have been the biggest mistake, even more than the box design. Had the Juice Bar been usable in the app, it could have been the "gateway drug" to this series for those unsure how it works. By not making it app compatible and just a display set, there was really a missed opportunity here. Hidden Side really needed a hook, and it just did not seem to be there. I guess the Tree was the basic starter set that offered Lady E in the app, but offering an app compatible GWP set would probably have drawn in more people. Also quite surprised there was not a haunted house set. I know it would have competed with the Creator one to some extent, but you would have me believe that every public place and vehicle in Newbury is haunted, yet the homes are all safe?
  2. AFOLguy1970

    Fairground Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    I am torn on this one. It really looks nice. I will probably buy it. What surprises me the most is that they made this into a fairground set when you have (1) a rather large number of people who really wanted a Disney Haunted Mansion. Space Mountain is iconic too, but I do not see how you could do it justice in Lego without needing a loan officer to purchase it. With this in existence, I do not see a HM anytime soon. And.... (2) you have a whole line dedicated to ghost hunting--The Hidden Side. That line is screaming out for a haunted house, and I cannot see that happening with this one out there. Again, it looks great. I just think there were at least two better options for a haunted house out there.
  3. AFOLguy1970

    Harry Potter 2020 - Rumors & Discussion

    Another problem with the closed in plan would be that no matter how you looked at the whole castle, half of it is being viewed from the outside, and half of it will be an open backed view showing the interior. That is not going to look so good IMHO. As I get more parts of the castle, I will probably just connect it in linear fashion in the best way possible and place it on a long shelf.
  4. AFOLguy1970

    Harry Potter 2020 - Rumors & Discussion

    Harry had it pretty well at Privet Drive. He is the only one who gets his own room, two if you count the area under the stairs Astronomy Tower looks good overall. A little bit surprised/confused with the character selection, but not too bad. I am glad the greenhouse was kept very small not to take away from the rest of it.
  5. AFOLguy1970

    Harry Potter 2020 - Rumors & Discussion

    I would think that Professor Aurora Sinistra would be highly appropriate for Astronomy Tower. In fact, other than appearing in a collecibile series, this would probably be the only set that would make sense having her.
  6. AFOLguy1970

    Harry Potter 2020 - Rumors & Discussion

    If this is a $100 set, it sounds like they are trying to do too much if they are combining a greenhouse with it. I agree it is going to have to be really slender in order to make it appear taller than what we have so far. Its best details are of course at the top. It does look different enough to distinguish it from the clock tower, but I fear that having to get it high enough, include a greenhouse, and put in a lot of minifigs is going to force the designers to dumb it down somewhere. I hope I am wrong.
  7. AFOLguy1970

    Harry Potter 2020 - Rumors & Discussion

    So far, Astronomy Tower would be my highest priority. Also might have to save up for Diagon Alley when it comes out. As for Privet Drive, I just hope the car is not significantly better than the one in Whomping Willow.
  8. AFOLguy1970

    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    It is probably the limited capacity/workforce as you stated along with increased demand due to everyone being bored and stuck at home. Some thing is true for Harry Potter as well.
  9. Yeah, that would be kind of cruel if they brought in something that many people would really want and offer it for a limited time in the middle of an economic slowdown. As for demand, I can totally see an increase of demand from those sitting at home AND with incomes. At the same time, I can see a loss of demand from those who can no longer afford anything nonessential. How that is going to impact overall demand is anyone's guess.
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    Harry Potter 2020 - Rumors & Discussion

    I can see them doing some of the lower chambers, perhaps even having it where an existing set can be mounted on top. This would be similar to how Star Wars had Jabba's Palace mount on top of the Rancor Pit.
  11. AFOLguy1970

    What did you buy today?

    Bought a couple of baseplates and the Hidden Side Graveyard Mystery from S&H Monday. They are sitting in the warehouse, which is totally understandable since essential items should get shipping priority. I have this image of the Lego warehouse being similar to the one at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark.
  12. AFOLguy1970

    [REVIEW] 11010 - White Baseplate

    Just buy the white one and expose it evenly to strong light and you will have your yellow baseplate. Probably not a bright yellow, but it will be there.
  13. AFOLguy1970

    HIDDEN SIDE - 2019

    If I get to keep my job (so far, so good), I am considering getting another set in order to have two locomotives and four cars. I would probably gut the interior of one and place the battery box where the whole bat wing assembly folds. The train motor would then be used below that. The top would need to be modified for easy access to replace the batteries. Nice thing is the the cars are basically the same at the bottom and the "cargo" is detachable. You could easily swap the cargo out to have them carry the containers or something else.
  14. This is certainly the most serious economic threat I have seen, even more so than the 9-11 aftermath or the 2008 crisis. Both of my brothers have lost their jobs. My governor of my state just issued a declaration that all schools will now remain closed until April 3. I work at a public school. Since I am on contract, I do not see a problem with this school year, however we do get paid from taxpayer money. And from what I am seeing, there is not going to be a whole lot of taxpayer money in the foreseeable months. Simply, people that dont have jobs are have been told to stay home do not get paid, so they will not pay taxes. Unless you work in a critical industry, your livelihood is probably threatened. Since the thread is about how Lego is impacted by all this, I would say there will be a short term crash in sales as disposable income is dried up in many markets. Lego is certainly a premium toy and far less essential than house payments, food, utilities, etc. As the worst blows over, I would imagine that sales will get a little bit better. We are certainly experiencing something historic, so everyone, Lego included, is going to have to adapt to a new set of rules. The good news is that the China stores remain open. That would mean that China, the original epicenter of the virus, is now on the road to recovery. My hope is that a sense of normalcy returns by summer in the sense that we will not be kept from working, traveling, not have to wait in line just to get in a store, and function as a normal society.
  15. It is probably time for the Lego Stores to suspend the Pick-a-Brick walls, Build-a-Minifigure bins, and any other interactive areas in the store with bricks. We are starting to get cases where I live, and the above mentioned things would be a perfect breeding ground for the stuff to spread. It is not like you can disinfect every element after someone sticks their hand in the bin. Better safe than sorry.